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mClass Reading 3D

Subject: English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): K – 5
Measures Growth: Yes
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mClass Reading 3D is an observational reading assessment software for grades K-5. Content is designed to align with the Common Core State Standards, and results are automatically compared to standards to provide individualized instructional activities. The software is available for use on various wireless devices, including iPad Touch, iPod, netbooks and notebooks, and gives teachers access to leveled readers from a range of educational publishers.

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Summary of Reviews

Overall Rating

 3.04 stars (26 reviews)

 

Aligned to My Instruction

 3.41 stars (26 reviews)

 

PROS

  • Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
    19 votes
  • Aligned to the standards I teach
    13 votes
  • Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
    8 votes
  • Assesses higher-order thinking
    4 votes

CONS

  • Does not assess higher-order thinking
    13 votes
  • Takes students too long to complete
    12 votes
  • Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level
    7 votes
  • Not aligned to the standards I teach
    6 votes

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 3.29 stars (26 reviews)

 

PROS

  • Results returned quickly
    23 votes
  • Easy to administer
    18 votes
  • Data is presented clearly
    17 votes
  • Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
    15 votes
  • Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
    8 votes

CONS

  • Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher
    11 votes
  • It is hard to use the data
    6 votes
  • Difficult to administer
    4 votes
  • Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time
    2 votes

Reviews

Better than some, worse than others

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve

Additional Comments

The iTouch apps make running records VERY easy to take and to access. I appreciate all the testing materials in one place and that there are progress monitoring options. Quick results which I can use on my computer, shows SOME student growth.

BIG GAPS: In first grade, the TRC levels 'bumpering' the BOY/MOY/EOY benchmarks are missing. Therefore, a student who is *slightly* below level appears two levels below (i.e. a student reading at a D instead of an E is ranked as a C). There is a HUGE difference between a C and an E reader, as well as between a G and an I. The level K reader (My Friend Kendra) is significantly easier to pass than the I (Margo Finds a Friend/Comedy Garage), which means students who are actually below level can test above level by reading a shorter amount of text with less complex words aloud and then looking at the pictures to answer the comprehension questions.

The comprehension questions are often poorly worded or have multiple questions requiring the same answer, which is confusing to students. Four out of the five questions in Margo Finds a Friend can be answered through the intro/picture and without actually reading the text.

Finally, the DORF is the most inane, time wasting test on the planet. We should be testing kids on THEIR LEVEL to get a fluency count, not on a standard text that students ranging from a level C to a level P all use. We would NEVER give a 6 year old a full page of size 14, 1.5 spaced text without picture support and ask them to retell it in class. It's developmentally inappropriate and visually overwhelming. I only care if my middle students who are actually at a level I can read at the fluency cutoff for that passage- The lower and higher performing students are wasting their time. The retell is baloney - I couldn't care less how many words a student uses to retell a story. They are penalized for being concise! The fluency count from their TRC should be enough, and if necessary, a retell component to that.

Submitted by in Massachusetts on June 17, 2013

It's... OK

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly
Cons: Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

mClass Reading 3D provides opportunity for taking a running record on a student and that record is logged on to an internet based system that make it easy to access. This is where mClass stops being helpful. The assessment has students read a level and asks them five poorly worded comprehension questions ONLY, until you get to a level M and there may be a writing component, and the student is often, to determine the student's reading level. And by the way, there are also levels missing in between some levels! In Grade 2, you may not be able to read the I level, which is expected in September, so you will be dropped down to a Level G if read successfully, indicating you might only be capable of mid-Grade 1 work. The system is very black and white on the passing of levels so the time spent finding each student's individual level is exorbitant!! It's not helpful for instruction at all. I do it three times a year and then forget about it!

Submitted by in Massachusetts on June 15, 2013

mclass reading 3d

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 4 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly

Additional Comments

I believe that mclass should include Burst lessons for students in the upper grades (3-5). It has helped the students in the lower grades significantly!

Submitted by in California on June 14, 2013

MClass Reading

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach
Cons: Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 5 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve

Additional Comments

MClass is a convenient tool because I can complete the running records right on my iPhone or iPad. This prevents the use of paper and pencil, which was effective but at times inconvenient. The one area where it needs to be improved is all of our benchmark texts skip a level in between. For example if you can't do the level I text then it drops you down to a G. Since there is no H (at least one that Boston has provided to us), it becomes harder to get an accurate gauge of where students are since there is a large gap between some levels.

Submitted by in Massachusetts on June 13, 2013

MClass Reading 3D

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly
Cons: It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The biggest downfall to the TRC is that not all reading levels are included (no D, H, J, etc...) which means that I am not always able to accurately have my students exact independent reading level (unless I supplement, which I do, but those books aren't on the IPAD). Additionally, the books aren't high quality; there needs to be more nonfiction with photos (more the like Benchmark Assessment System). Finally, the questions need to be phrased better; some are strange. Prompts should be included, too.

Submitted by in Illinois on June 13, 2013

Good for Some Not for All

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly
Cons: It is hard to use the data

Additional Comments

I like the paper pencil version better since I can document more this way. The immediate results are great. Our district uses Reading 3D for all K-2 students and then DIBELS for students below proficient. I wish the two were aligned better in regards to grouping students, providing next steps, etc. We also have Spanish speaking students in our school and this is not aligned at all with the English version.

While it is a great assessment when you are given the proper training on how to analyze the data most teachers in my district did not receive this training so they have a hard time seeing the value of the data.

Submitted by in Illinois on June 12, 2013

mClass in NC

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Pros: Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Data is presented clearly
Cons: Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

NC requires me to progress monitor my "red" students weekly and my "yellow" students every other week. This time frame does not allow me to teach any material to these struggling students. All I do is assess, assess, and assess again!

Submitted by in North Carolina on June 10, 2013

mClass Reading 3D

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 3 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly

Additional Comments

The one thing about this that I do not like, is that students are required to read nonsense words. This is a hard task for beginning readers to do correctly.

Submitted by in North Carolina on June 10, 2013

Quick and easy, but no nuance

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 4 stars

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly
Cons: Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The texts for Levels L and up are too easy, while the questions range greatly in difficulty from book to book and often seem arbitrary and some students fail a level because of the questions wen they should not.

Submitted by in Massachusetts on June 9, 2013

not developmentally appropriate

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

I wanted to like this assessment tool but in the end, I really don't like it at all. I have found that it is really not developmentally appropriate (written comprehension questions). It is my opinion, but I think that comprehending what a student has read and writing those answers are two very different skills. I have found several mistakes on the comprehension rubric also. It takes too long to assess the students. The difference between the books within a level are vast. Even in the same level, the text range is dramatic. I really feel like that I am spending less and less time teaching and more time assessing than I ever have. The system goes down all the time (many times right in the middle of assessing) and my palm won't sync. It is literally daily that I have had trouble with this system while assessing or progress monitoring!! I would not recommend this assessment tool to any school system.

Submitted by in North Carolina on May 8, 2013

DIBELS - Not What It's Cracked Up to Be

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Data is presented clearly
Cons: Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

DIBELS gives information on how quickly a student can read. Students know that they can read as fast as they can, miss words, and keep right on reading. They quickly learn how to manipulate the assessment. There are issues with the retell. If a student is good at summarizing, (s)he is basically penalized for succinctness. I don't feel that it gives a true picture of whether a student actually comprehends what (s)he read. It is rote recall. Nothing higher order. If using "Palms", there are times when they don't work. So what happens for students? Read the selections again? What happens to the validity/reliability of those scores? Selections that students can relate to are ones they read quickly, make connections to, and have higher retell scores. Some of the selections chosen don't seem to fit the appropriate reading levels for our grade level. We have found that there may be two challenging selections and one fairly easy selection for one of the benchmark assessments. When talking with other grade level teachers some feel that to be the case as well. Give me a student any day who reads a little more slowly and carefully with inflection and who can draw conclusions or make predictions over ones who "speed read" in a monotone and can't tell you what they just read.

Submitted by in Indiana on April 12, 2013

Reading 3D

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 3 stars

Pros: Results returned quickly  •  Data is presented clearly

Additional Comments

I feel Reading 3D can be helpful for our lower performing students. I use this data as I group my students into more focused skill groups. BUT, I feel testing our higher kids who are already at the goals it doesn't help....b/c we are testing always and it takes lots of class time...therefore those higher kids would benefit from other groups vs. having to test again. Plus, then I would have more time to intervene with those low kids.

Submitted by in North Carolina on April 12, 2013

Reading/Short story

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 3 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly
Cons: Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The timed tests are not suitable for students that speak slowly. Students that are slow in speaking (the southern drawl) do not do well with the speed. They can be great readers and comprehend but because of the slowness of their speech, it appears that they can't read or comprehend.

Submitted by in Georgia on April 10, 2013

Most information I've Ever Had

Overall Rating

 5 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 5 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses higher-order thinking  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 5 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve

Additional Comments

With the Dibels Next component and the Burst Reading this has really helped students that I had previously never thought they would read start sounding out words the first 10 days. As a Title1 school teacher for 23years I have tried many different things. We've only had this for a few months and the difference is huge. I can show parents specific problems their child has quickly.

Submitted by in Arkansas on April 9, 2013

NC testing

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 4 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses higher-order thinking  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 5 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve

Additional Comments

The biggest problem with this testing is that it is done continuously through the year to "monitor" growth. I spend far too much classroom time in administering tests. The lowest students are monitored every two weeks, often there is very little growth to show.

Submitted by in North Carolina on April 9, 2013

mClass is Maddening

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Pros: Results returned quickly
Cons: Difficult to administer  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Reading 3D and the accompanying Dibels Next assessments are, without question, the worst early childhood assessments I've ever used. These assessments have huge technical and pedagogical flaws. Although my district has been using mClass for three years, Wireless Generation has taken no noticable steps to correct the problems that we've reported month after month, year after year.
On the technical side, the Reading 3D program is EXTREMELY glitchy. Students' reading scores cannot be saved and recorded until they have answered a handful of comprehension questions. However, whenever the teacher clicks on the button to load the comprehension questions, Reading 3D immediately logs you out. Once you are logged out, it can take 5 or more attempts before you are able to log back in successfully. For me, this means that I spend many precious hours trying to log back into Reading 3D rather than actually teaching my kids. It is colossally frustrating because during assessment season, I actually spend more time trying to log into assessments than I do administering the assessments to my kids.

Aside from the technical flaws (the log-in problem is just the worst of many), Reading 3D and Dibels are poor programs because they don't provide teachers with very useful information. Dibels purports to show specific skills that students have mastered or need additional help with. In reality, students who do poorly on one of the Dibels assessments generally do poorly on all of them. Wireless Generation asks the education world to believe that its assessments allow teachers to pinpoint deficiencies and target instruction but the tests do no such thing. The neediest students do poorly on every Dibels task, and that outcome comes as no surprise to the teachers who work with the kids every day and see the difficulties they are having within the classroom.

As irritating as the Dibels assessment is, Reading 3D is equally frustrating. The written comprehension questions are often poorly worded, developmentally inappropriate or both. I cannot believe that a professional at Wireless Generation actually wrote these pitiful questions or that other professionals within the company edited and approved the questions.

I don't know what date North Carolina's contract with Wireless Generation expires, but I do know that day can not come soon enough. This company has put forth a product riddled with problems, yet it's making tens of millions of dollars, many of which will go into owner Rupert Murdoch's pockets. Something is very wrong with that.

Submitted by in North Carolina on January 12, 2013

Average Assessment

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 4 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve

Additional Comments

Assessment helps me monitor my students growth.

Submitted by in California on April 19, 2012

Great Potential

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses higher-order thinking  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
Cons: Difficult to administer

Additional Comments

On the plus side, I gained valuable information about my first grade students in terms of the skills tested. It was clear after the BOY and MOY assessments that what I needed to work on, and with whom. I also appreciate that there is a focus on reading comprehension in conjunction with fluency.

The cons are fixable for the most part. First of all, the assessment is designed to be done on an iPad. However, we have none. It is impossible to keep up with my advanced students as they respond to questions. That means the results do not give an accurate measure of what they actually can do. I ended up assessing them all on the old paper assessments and then transferred the results into the computer. What a waste of time. An issue for teachers with many students who need progress monitoring is a time issue too. All the tests are done one-to-one. My final comment on the 'con' side regards communication with parents. It is hard enough for educators to decipher the forms showing results. For parents it is meaningless. I would like to see a user friendly format for showing assessment results and student growth.

I think this assessment has real potential for teachers. It just needs "tweaking".

Submitted by in California on April 2, 2012

If leveled titles are changed frequently, can provide meaningful info.

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 4 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly

Additional Comments

Reading 3D is basically an electronic running record system, using guided reading levels (B, C, etc.). In our district students read leveled text aloud while the teacher tracks accuracy and fluency using a Palm or other electronic device. As with paper running records, various types of decoding errors and self-corrections are recorded. The student then retells and/or answers a set of comprehension questions. Results can be seen immediately on the device and are then synced to a software program where you can analyze and track results. Comprehension questions sometimes seem very arbitrary are do not necessarily address higher-order thinking skills. Can be used with students far above or below grade level and is helpful for tracking progress over time. Must be given individually and this is very time consuming with older or more advanced students, as the books get longer. Many people don't know there is more one set of books available for the devices --- students at our school have been reading the same set (2-3 titles available/level, or 1 Mondo card with 2 diff. story options/level) for YEARS now, which I feel really renders the results invalid. Students will say, "Oh I remember this story!" and they have memorized answers to the questions. Books can be loaded to devices from sites such as Reading A-Z, though, expanding the options available for re-administering.

Submitted by in District of Columbia on March 22, 2012

MClass - What is behind the curtain?

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Data is presented clearly
Cons: It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

MClass is a corporate money maker. The parent company, Wireless Generation has cornered the ntional market and received billions of dollars to push the data-driven teaching method (from NCLB) that is NOT helping students become critical thinkers. The headquarters in Texas has Bush Presidential ties and is nothing but a hustle on the backs of our children. Do not beleive the hype!

Submitted by in District of Columbia on March 1, 2012

Not connected to curriculum or our school focus

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Results returned quickly  •  Data is presented clearly
Cons: Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Have used with students from "gifted" to SPED to newcomer with very little English. DIBELS not useful for all these situations. TRC with Mondo cards very frustrating because very limited choice and students end up reading same cards over (and over) again. Also, categories for retelling limited and too broad and, as a result, very arbitrary. Prefer own reading assessments, including observation, over time as more accurate.

Submitted by in District of Columbia on February 29, 2012

DIBELS mess

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
Cons: Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The DIBELS part of MClass is an assessment tool that is required in our district. The challenges I have found include the outdated vocabulary such as davenport for a kindergarten student and the wide range of words to segment after practicing with simple 3 letter, short vowel words. Finally, the entire concept of fluency and the speed that students need to read to score "green" is ridiculous. Fluency has little to do with comprehension and in fact, I teach my students to slow down and re-read when it is a story or topic that they need to learn from and remember.

Submitted by in Indiana on February 22, 2012

Time Consuming & Difficult for K

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 4 stars

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 3 stars

Pros: Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
Cons: Difficult to administer  •  It is hard to use the data

Additional Comments

We are required to use the Dibels and TRC assessments in our district. I do not feel I was trained well enough in test administration, and therefore all of my beginning of the year data was way off. The tests are very precise and it is easy for user error to greatly skew the results.

I teach Kindergarten and there are a lot of assessments required to be given (approximately 5). Each test must be administered individually which is extremely time consuming.

The data would be valuable to me if I felt the tests were more representative of what my kids need to know. The Initial Sound Fluency test is very difficult for English Language Learners because it requires students to remember the name of four pictures. Often times the words are not familiar to Spanish speaking students, and they either don't remember all the picture names or it takes them longer to answer as they work through their options, which brings down their score. It is difficult to tell whether students don't know their initial sounds, or whether they don't remember the words! For students who are going through the SST (student support team) process to determine whether or not they will require Special Education services, I have had to develop my own assessments to better understand their strengths and weaknesses.

For the Phoneme Segmentation Fluency test, the examples given are "Sam" and "mop," simple three sound words. Then when you get into the tests the words are longer and more difficult including 4 or 5 sounds and blended sounds which have not been taught. It is frustrating to see a kid easily answer the sample word "mop" correctly and then bomb the more difficult questions.

Submitted by in District of Columbia on February 18, 2012

Teacher

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 5 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses higher-order thinking  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve

Additional Comments

M-Class is extremely rigorous, and it is aligned to the common core standards. The practice probes is extremely helpful for test preparation.

Submitted by in District of Columbia on January 21, 2012

A Solid Baseline Assessment

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 3 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year

Additional Comments

I used this assessment as a literacy coach for K-2nd grade students. It compliments DIBELS in providing a quick baseline assessment for your students' reading levels in correspondence to comprehension. As a coach, it as easier for me to assess all the students within a week or two; however, a classroom teacher might have a difficult time completing each student's assessment in a reasonable window. Students who are stronger readers will take more time to assess as the teacher will need to progress through each level before reaching the correct one. The questions are basic comprehension for each passage, and as students become stronger readers, the assessment is only useful for giving a starting-off point for comprehension--it will not indicate specific reading skills students have mastered. It does align to the foundational skills in the CCSS. Results are immediate in the mclass system, and group students along basic level lines.

Submitted by in Illinois on January 18, 2012

So much information!

Overall Rating

 5 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 5 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 5 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve

Additional Comments

Usefulness: I've used this both as a benchmarking tool to monitor progress and as a diagnostic tool. Mclass is a suite of assessments that help create a clear picture of students' ability to decode, read fluently and comprehend text. Each probe takes be

Submitted by in Massachusetts on January 18, 2012

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